(Disclaimer: This post was originally written by me on the ThemeForest Community blog in 2012. It was deleted in the mean time but the content is still relevant in my opinion so I’m re-posting it here. I hope you find it helpful.)
If it’s the first time you are making a theme for ThemeForest it might be difficult to get approved, but it’s not impossible. The standards are really high these days, but if you really want to get approved you will.
Because getting approved on ThemeForest might be a bit hard, today I’m going to give you five tips on how to get approved. This article has been wrote with ThemeForest in mind, but some of this advices are also applicable to other marketplaces.
1. Value Feedback
In most of the cases the items are rejected because of their design. When it comes to design, opinions can be very subjective, but make sure you always listen to what the reviewers have to say. Even if you don’t agree with the reviewer, I guarantee you that your theme will end up thousands of times better.
2. Be Persistent
Be persistent and never give up. Many authors spend months until they get their items approved. One time, I spent a whole month trying to get my theme approved. And it got approved! It might be a bit difficult, but it worths the effort.
Wait for the perfect time to submit your item. Don’t submit your item in a rush. Take some time and review the item before submitting. I’m sure you will find some errors, that can make the difference between approval and rejection.
4. Find a Work Partner
Your item has been rejected because of the design? You aren’t a designer? Find a work partner! I did, and I’m extremely happy. Now I can focus on coding, while my partner takes care of the design. You will increase the chances of being approved and receive some important feedback from your partner.
5. Understand the Market
Understand what the market is looking for and create awesome products. Don’t create something that already exists, because it’s more likely to be rejected.
I guess the most important tip is to never give up. Remember that most of the authors got rejected at their first try.